An Aiken man was taken into custody Wednesday after he reportedly stole a car in Greenwood County before making his way to Pickens County and stealing another vehicle.
Jerry Lee Galbreath, 29, of 1062 Washington Dr., Aiken, was taken into custody from authorities in Pickens County and faces charges of breaking into a motor vehicle and grand larceny stemming from the March car theft. Galbreath pleaded guilty to four counts of petit larceny, one count of grand larceny and one count of second degree burglary in a Pickens County court Wednesday after admitting to stealing his step-father’s truck on the same day as the Greenwood County theft.
According to a Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office report, the car, a 2000 Nissan Altima, was reported stolen on March 15 after the victim stopped to buy some boiled peanuts at 2010 Montague Avenue Extension and returned to find her car missing. The victim told deputies she pulled up to the peanut stand and left her keys in the car while she purchased the peanuts. The car turned up in Pickens County on March 19.
According to the report, investigators spoke with Galbreath at the Pickens County Detention Center on March 25. Galbreath told investigators he had been in argument with his wife and walked from Aiken to Greenwood. Galbreath told investigators he saw the victim leave her keys in her car and decided to take the car. Galbreath told investigators drove the stolen vehicle to Greenville County where he picked up his brother and then to Powdersville where he dropped his brother off at another hotel. Galbreath told investigators he then drove to his step-father’s house in Pickens County where he ditched the Altima and stole his step-father’s truck.